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On Autobiography & Fiction-Writing: An Evening with Jonathan Franzen
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attended Sep 14 2010

Excellent talk: provocative, incisive, funny. Only weakness was in the poor choice of questions chosen by host. Let the guest choose the questions.

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attended Sep 14 2010

Excellent presentation with references so many of our favorite authors. Wished the interviewer did not pass on the question about his close friend who died.

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Very enjoyable. A talk and then Q & A session.

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Author Jonathan Franzen investigates the personal dynamics of fiction writing by addressing four perennial questions that novelists are asked: Who are your influences? What time of day do you work and what do you write on? Do your characters “take over” and tell you what to do? And, is your fiction autobiographical?  

Jonathan Franzen is the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections_, a bestselling collection of essays, How to Be Alone_, a memoir, The Discomfort Zone_, and superb short stories. His new novel _Freedom, to be published in September, explores the lives of Patty and Walter Berglund, introduced in the short story “Good Neighbors,” in The New Yorker, June 2009.